Category Archives: Personal Injury

City Council weighs construction safety reform

Queens councilman Rory Lancman is calling the city council to expedite his bill that would increase worker safety on construction sites. Th Occupational Safety and Health Administration Notification Act, was languishing in the  council until last month’s New York Times article on the increase of deaths on construction sites in New York City. More than 10 workers have died on construction sites since July 2014 Read More →

E-cigarette explosions are resulting in lawsuits

Electronic cigarettes are ubiquitous in most NYC delis and are quite popular in the metropolitan area. However, there can be a danger and it has nothing to do with the smoke. they can explode. Just this year, exploding electronic have resulted in three recent lawsuits on California this year alone. The U. S. Fire Administration description of E-cigarettes The e-cigarette, also called a personal vaporizer (PV) Read More →

When dogs attack. What are your options?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and about a one-fifth of those incidents require medical attention. Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States and each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries. In 2013 there were 965 dog bite claims in New York State. Read More →

Cash Now pre-settlement loans are a bad bet

You’ve been injured and you’ve filed a lawsuit. You can’t work and bills are piling up. Then you see a commercial on television saying you can get a cash in advance of your settlement.  The spokesman says there is risk to you. Unfortunately, there is. Lawsuit loans seem very attractive to plaintiffs awaiting judgments or settlements in civil lawsuits, like personal injury cases. But read the Read More →

NYC Comptroller releases report on lawsuits against city agencies

An analysis by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office has found claims against the Health and Hospitals Corporation has increased by 3.5 percent.  It also found personal injury and misconduct claims against the NYPD had dropped dropped 12 percent during the 2015. Stringer’s office created a database called Claimstat which tracks claims against the New York City agencies that get sued the most: the NYPD, Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Department Read More →

Some answers about personal injury claims

The first big question is do I have a case? Well, that’s hard to say until all the facts are gathered. if you are injured through no fault of your own It is hard to say whether you have a case or not until an attorney gathers all the facts. In personal injury cases attorneys usually take injury cases on a contingency basis, which means, Read More →

Judge reduces woman’s award for injuries sustained in midtown gas explosion

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe who presided over 90 cases resulting from a 2007 midtown gas explosion reduced a woman’s $12 million award by two-thirds writing that the ward “deviates materially from what would be reasonable compensation.” In her decision,  she described then 70 year-old Margot Kane as a “chipper, vivacious, fiercely independent [70-year-old] woman”… who as buried under a pile of debris and scalding water Read More →

Aunt sues 12 year-old nephew for breaking her arm, loses.

A woman who sued her 8 year-old nephew for breaking her wrist in has lost her case. 54 year-old Manhattan resident Jennifer Connell sued her nephew in Connecticut Superior Court in 2013 claiming negligence. She claimed that as she arrived at her then 8 year-old nephew’s birthday party in 2011, he was excited to see her and ran up and jumped into her arms, knocking them Read More →

NYC paid $550.3 Million in 2014 for personal injury claims

The New York City Comptroller’s office released a Claims Report last week which covers the fiscal years 2013 and 2014 (from July 1, 2012 to June 30 2014). The report includes data on personal injury and property damage settlement and judgment costs paid by the city during that time. The report shows the City paid out $495 million in settlements and judgments in 2013 and Read More →

Car “crashes” not “accidents”?

The Washington Post has an interesting blog post today, When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters. The Post looks at the campaign by the New York based Families for Safe Streets who are campaigning to stop using the word accident and replace it with thee word crash in automobile involved incidents. Their reasoning is that word accidents implies unintentional. An accident is Read More →